Reds newest addition Sam Moll has not fared well on the road.
This is where things get dicey. Yes, the Cincinnati Reds needed to add a left-hander to the bullpen. And yes, Moll does a great job against left-handed hitters. But away from the Oakland Coliseum, Moll has struggled this season.
At home, Moll has made 24 appearances, has allowed just two extra-base hits in 21 innings of work and owns a 3.86 ERA with 27 punch outs and nine free passes. However, outside of the Bay Area, Moll has seen his numbers change drastically.
On the road in 2023, Moll has pitched in just under 17 innings and owns a 5.40 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 10 walks. Of his 18 hits allowed on the road, seven have gone for extra bases. While Moll has held opponents to an OPS of just .546 while playing in Oakland, on the road, that number jumps to .840.
According to FanGraphs, Sam Moll has a ground ball rate of 52-percent, so that will definitely work in his favor while pitching half his game in the bandbox that is Great American Ball Park. According to Baseball Savant, the Oakland Coliseum is among the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the league, while GABP greatly favors the hitter.
Will Sam Moll struggle outside of Oakland? So far this season, the answer has been yes. Let's hope for the Reds' sake that Moll makes the necessary adjustments and finds success with his new team.